Fall Festival Coming to Wyalusing's Main Street This Weekend
By Rick Hiduk
It appears that splendid autumn weather will return in time for the Greater Wyalusing Chamber ofCommerce to conduct its annual Fall Festival, which will be held on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 7 and 8. Friday evening’s activities will take place in the area of the Grovedale Winery, the Wyalusing Valley Museum, and the Homer’s Red House, all of which are located across from Wyalusing Valley High School (WVHS) on Wyalusing-New Albany Road (SR2010). Saturday’s activities will be held on Main Street in Wyalusing, which will be closed to vehicular traffic throughout the day.
Fall Festival weekend will kick off with a gathering at the Red House from 5:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Tickets may be purchased in advance for the event, which will feature food prepared by the staff of the Wyalusing Hotel, as well as a variety of wine, beer, and other beverages. A second party will be held at the Grovedale Winery, where Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys will perform from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the dance band, Midnight Sun. Both acts are new to the Fall Festival.
Admission for the kickoff event and music at the Grovedale Winery can be purchased separately at $10 each or together at $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce building, 20 Main St., from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or at the entrances of the respective venues. Chesapeake Energy is the key sponsor of Friday evening’s activities. For more information, readers may contact the chamber at 570-746-4922.
Saturday’s street fair will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Highlights will include games for children and teens, arts and crafts tables, and a decorated pumpkin raffle to benefit chamber activities.
“They really are incredible,” chamber executive director Wendy Gaustad said of the pumpkins supplied by P&G Credit Union and creatively painted by Wyalusing Valley High School students for the event. The decorated pumpkins will be displayed up and down the street, but photos of all of the entries may be seen at the chamber’s stand, where patrons may purchase tickets. Winners will be announced at 3 p.m.
Nonprofit groups and businesses who will sell food and beverages at the street fair include the Rainbow Club, whose members will sell barbecued chicken, macaroni salad and cole slaw; Wyalusing United Methodist Church, whose parishioners will sell hamburgers, hot dogs, water, and pumpkins; Wyalusing Presbyterian Church, whose congregants will sell pillowcases and chocolate-covered pretzels; Our House Cakes and Bakes, Original Italian Pizza, Brewed Awakening, and the Wyalusing Hotel. Additional vendors of unique products and services will include regional author Ray Ward, who will bring copies of his newest collections of humorous poetry, titled “The Wildest Yarn of the West and ‘Bedtime’ Stories for Grownups.” Ward will offer autographed, limited-edition copies of the book, the humor in which, he stated, “is what we need for these stressful times.”
Games will include a Matchbox car race, pumpkin roll, ring toss, pick-a-duck, fish pond, pitching booth, and more. Wyalusing Area School District teachers Abbie Stevens and Maria Alvarez will conduct craft activities in the chamber parking lot.
Performers lined up for Saturday include WVHS students under the direction of Carol Madill at 10 a.m., the Wyalusing Swing Choir at 10:35 a.m., and Whipples Dance Studio at 11:10 a.m. The aforementioned music programs will be held in the Tuscarora Wayne Community Room of the chamber building. Meanwhile, Jeff and Jan Ausfah, better known as Cracked Walnuts, will stroll up and down Main Street between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., performing old-time standards with accompaniment of guitar, washboard, and other instruments.
There is no charge for admission to Saturday’s event. Parking will be available behind the Wyalusing Presbyterian Church and the Wyalusing Hotel. For more information about the functions of the Greater Wyalusing Chamber of Commerce, readers may log on to www.wyalusing.net.